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Thieme Chemistry deposits nearly 700,000 distinct chemical structures into PubChem

(8 January 2019)  Known for providing high-quality chemical information in the field of organic synthesis, Thieme Chemistry has provided approximately 700,000 distinct structures to PubChem – the open chemistry database at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition to the structural information, the upload includes more than 1,200,000 distinct links from chemicals to the […]

January 9, 2019 - 8:51 am

Infobase announces acquisition of Credo Reference limited

(5 December 2018)  Infobase announced today that it has acquired Credo Reference. Founded in 1999, Credo Reference is a leading provider of innovative research platforms and information literacy instructional materials serving libraries worldwide. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “This is exciting news and a significant milestone for Infobase,” said Mark McDonnell, president and […]

January 8, 2019 - 9:33 am

The world debates open-access mandates

(4 January 2019)  How far will Plan S spread? Since the September 2018 launch of the Europe-backed program to mandate immediate open access (OA) to scientific literature, 16 funders in 13 countries have signed on. That’s still far shy of Plan S’s ambition: to convince the world’s major research funders to require immediate OA to […]

January 8, 2019 - 9:03 am

IFLA free webinar: library services for teenagers in the digital age

(5 January 2019)  Join us and hear about inspiring services from librarians serving communities and teens including online content, podcasts, gaming, coding and much more! These are twenty-first century skills that will make an impact on teenagers’ careers and personal interests. Moderator: Loida Garcia-Febo, CPDWL SC member, ALA President Speakers: Sanna Huttunen & Sampo Matikainen, Oodi Library, […]

January 7, 2019 - 9:44 am

BMJ and UNSILO partner to create AI-based subject collections

(4 January 2019)  Today, BMJ and UNSILO announce an agreement by which UNSILO will supply its market-leading concept extraction tools across the whole of BMJ content. UNSILO applies machine learning and AI tools to identify significant concepts from a corpus of text. These concepts form the basis of a wide range of solutions to publishing workflows, including […]

January 7, 2019 - 9:30 am

China continues steady development of braille materials

(4 January 2019)  China has sped up efforts concerning braille and continued braille standardization, said an official with the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF) on Friday. At an event commemorating the first World Braille Day, which falls on Jan. 4, Cheng Kai, vice president of the CDPF, said the official standards for braille have gradually […]

January 7, 2019 - 9:17 am

Pakistan and Egypt had highest rises in research output in 2018

(27 December 2019)  Emerging economies showed some of the largest increases in research output in 2018, according to estimates from the publishing-services company Clarivate Analytics. Pakistan and Egypt topped the list in percentage terms, with rises of 21% and 15.9%, respectively. China’s publications rose by about 15%, and India, Brazil, Mexico and Iran all saw […]

January 4, 2019 - 9:19 am

BioOne Complete launches on new platform powered by nonprofit partnership

(2 January 2019)  BioOne, the nonprofit publisher of more than 200 journals from 150 scientific societies and independent presses, has launched a new website for its content aggregation, BioOne Complete. Powered by a nonprofit collaboration with SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, the new site leverages SPIE’s proprietary platform for the benefit of BioOne’s […]

January 4, 2019 - 9:03 am

Launching of Parliament Digital Library (PDL), India

Parliament Digital Library (PDL) provides various parliamentary documents. As of now the portal has 387,957 pdf files.  (27 December 2018) The Parliament Digital Library provides information about various parliamentary documents of Lok Sabha, the House of People. The debates of Lok Sabha, from the First Lok Sabha to the Sixteenth Lok Sabha are placed in […]

December 30, 2018 - 7:39 am

Top 3 copyright ‘owners’ sent Google a billion takedown requests

(25 December 2018) The three most active ‘copyright owners’ have asked Google to remove more than a billion allegedly infringing links from its search engine results. While more than 160,000 rightsholders have asked Google to remove content, 0.0001% are responsible for the majority of the flagged links. Day in and day out copyright holders are […]

December 26, 2018 - 2:21 pm

The National Diet Library releases a one-click search tool: The Best of National Diet Library’s Digital Library Collections

(26 December 2018) The National Diet Library has released The Best of National Diet Library’s Digital Library Collections (よりすぐり国立国会図書館). This web page provides patrons with a simple way to search through more than a hundred digital images of rare books, old materials, modern Japanese political history materials, and other examples of the best items available […]

December 26, 2018 - 2:16 pm

The Wellcome Trust funds OpenCitations

The Open Biomedical Citations in Context Corpus funded by the Wellcome Trust (23 December 2018) The Wellcome Trust, which funds research in big health challenges and campaigns for better science, has agreed to fund The Open Biomedical Citations in Context Corpus, a new project to enhance the OpenCitations Corpus, as part of the Open Research Fund […]

December 26, 2018 - 11:04 am

Elsevier Acquires Science-Metrix Inc., Provider of Research Analytics Services and Data

(19 December 2018)  Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, has acquired Science-Metrix Inc., a research evaluation firm that provides science research evaluation and analytics to assess science and technology activities. Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Science-Metrix is known for high-quality and independent bibliometric analysis and research evaluation. “Science-Metrix was an early adopter of Elsevier’s abstract […]

December 24, 2018 - 10:09 am

Radical Collaboration in Research Data Management Explored in Research Library Issues

(20 December 2018)   The latest issue of Research Library Issues (RLI), gathers reflections by six archivists and librarians on the practice of radical collaboration applied to research data management (RDM). Archivist Nancy McGovern describes radical collaboration as “inclusive, involving commitment and effort by most or all members that are broadly representative of the various aspects of the common […]

December 24, 2018 - 9:29 am

How digital age has forced Hong Kong’s libraries and librarians to change ways they get us to read

(21 December 2018) Various initiatives include increasing access and range of e-books, holding outdoor pop-up libraries around the city and loaning books to pre-schools; and use of printed books is down as surveys show e-books are read by only 12 per cent of internet users while just 36 per cent of primary school pupils ‘love […]

December 24, 2018 - 7:29 am